Bridge Building Podcast Episode 33: Datta Podcast: With Chris Smith Deputy Principal of Blackwater State High


Today, I am speaking with Chris Smith Deputy Principal of Blackwater State High. Now we all know how short we are of teachers in our subject area. Chris has shown just how innovative you have to be to get our kids taught and today we will talk about just how this school has worked with local industry and the community to offer a  Cert II in Engineering Pathways without having a trade teacher on staff.  I hope you enjoy our chat, I sure did. 

Thanks Chris, for the chat!

If you want to know more, this is a great place to start. Check it here.



About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.